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Sometimes Change is the Only Constant

Change is everywhere, whether you expect it or not. You experience change in your personal and professional life all the time, even if you don’t realize it. Change can sometimes be scary, especially when it comes as a surprise. Although you cannot always predict when change will occur, you can be prepared.

Working in the staffing industry, I see change constantly. Changes in the job market, changes in what candidates are looking for, changes in what clients require, and even changes in my own position. If you haven’t already experienced change in your workplace, you will. Whether it is a new computer system your company chooses to implement, a new manager that takes over, or starting a new position, change will find you. No matter what changes come your way, big or small, it is important to embrace them.

Here are some helpful tips to think about when facing change in the workplace:

1) Be open-minded. Many people assume change means something is wrong and see it as negative. However, in many cases change can be positive. Don’t automatically assume change is a bad thing. Change can allow for new ideas and lead to great success, not only for you but for others as well.

2) Be patient and flexible. Things may not always work out exactly as planned at first, but that doesn’t mean that with some time they won’t. You need to realize that with any type of change, it usually takes a while for people to adjust and for everything to run smoothly. Not everyone learns at the same pace or even the same way. When changes occur, give your co-workers a break and offer to help them adjust rather than get frustrated with them.

3) Communicate. Share your thoughts and feelings on what is going on with others. Let your manager know if you are struggling with change or talk with someone you trust. If something is bothering you, it is important not to let it fester and to get it out in the open. However, do so in an appropriate setting and without causing a scene.

4) Accept it and think positively. Do not dwell on how things used to be. Instead, focus on the big picture and look on the bright side. Nothing is worse than having individuals around who always point out the negative side of things as negativity spreads quickly. Do not be the person to bring others down. Instead, embrace change and help your colleagues do the same.

Living and working in an ever-changing society, you will be faced with many challenges. However, it is important to remember that whenever there is change, you have a choice. You have a choice with how you will react and how you will let the change affect you. It is my hope that when you are faced with change, that you take these tips into consideration and be open-minded, be patient and flexible, communicate, accept it, and think positively. After all, with all kinds of changes going on around you, it can sometimes feel as though change is the only thing you can count on.

Kiley grew up in the small town of Oakland, Iowa. She attended college at the University of Iowa where she graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After college, Kiley lived in Des Moines for a year and worked as a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo. She moved to Omaha in June 2011 and joined Celebrity Staff, where she currently supports the Omaha team. She enjoys being part of the staffing industry and finds that no two days are ever the same. In her free time, Kiley enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and hanging out with friends and family.

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